What are Blepharoplasty Risks and Complications?
Most of the time, cosmetic surgery procedures go smoothly, everything goes the way it should, and the patient recovers completely. However, despite the many precautions clinics and their surgical staffs take to prevent complications, they still sometimes occur. So as with any surgery, blepharoplasty—also known simply as eyelid surgery—comes with certain risks. It's possible to develop complications during or even after surgery. Before you have any surgical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, it's important to educate yourself about the potential risks.
If, after reading this page, you still have questions, we invite you to schedule a free consultation, and we'll be happy to talk with you about the procedure, provide you with more information, and answer all your questions.
Blepharoplasty Risks and Complications
At TCC, your safety is our number one priority. We take every precaution to ensure our state-of-the-art facility offers you not only with comfort, but security in the knowledge that your procedure is being performed in a sterile and technologically advanced environment.
However, complications can still sometimes arise either during or after any type of surgery. Blepharoplasty complications include, but are not limited to:
This is usually temporary, and will subside over time. Keeping your head elevated, even during sleep can help. You can also gently apply cool compresses to your eyelids.
This is usually temporary, and will subside over time. It can also be treated with over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).
This is usually temporary, and will subside over time.
This is usually temporary, and treatable with eye drops. Consult your doctor if this occurs.
You may see what look like tiny pimples in the area of a suture. They may disappear on their own, or require a relatively simple treatment. Consult your doctor if this occurs.
Although incisions are typically placed in discreet locations, a visible scar may still result. To reduce the risk of scarring, carefully follow the post-surgical care instructions provided by your surgeon.
This is easily treated with antibiotics. Consult your doctor if this occurs.
Blurry or Double Vision
This is usually temporary, but in rare cases can be permanent, which will require corrective surgery. Consult your doctor if this occurs.
This is due to over- or under-correction of one of the eyelids, and may require a subsequent procedure to correct it.
Inability to Completely Close Eyes
This is also due to over-correction of the eyelid, and may require a subsequent procedure to correct it.
This may require a subsequent procedure to drain. Your surgeon will discuss with you the signs to look for so you may consult your doctor if this occurs.
Your recovery will be closely monitored by your surgeon during postoperative consultations scheduled at varying intervals. However, if you are concerned about your recovery, or are worried about something you may think is a problem, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon.